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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals - 1/1/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Cardinals (6-8-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-11)
Date & Time Sunday January 1, 2017, 4:25 PM (EST)
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The Line: Los Angeles Rams +6 -- Over/Under: 41.5
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NFL | Arizona Cardinals (6-8-1) at Los Angeles Rams (4-11)

The Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams end the NFL regular season Sunday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Arizona Cardinals look to end the season on a high note by getting back-to-back victories. The Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last five road games. Carson Palmer is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 3,978 yards, 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Palmer has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have combined for 1,821 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while J.J. Nelson has 30 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 109.9 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 1,233 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 23.7 points and 317.3 yards per game. Tony Jefferson leads the Arizona Cardinals with 96 tackles, Markus Golden has 10 sacks and Marcus Cooper has four interceptions.

The Los Angeles Rams could also use a feel good victory that would snap a six-game losing streak. The Los Angeles Rams have lost six straight home games. Jared Goff is completing 53.5 percent of his passes for 969 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Goff has two touchdown passes in his last four games. Kenny Britt and Brian Quick have combined for 1,551 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Tavon Austin has 56 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 80 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley leads the way with 845 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 23.3 points and 336.5 yards per game. Alec Ogletree leads the Los Angeles Rams with 132 tackles, Aaron Donald has eight sacks and Mark Barron has two interceptions.

The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Rams are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cardinals are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.

I almost want to take the points and the home team in a game where neither team has anything to play for, but the Los Angeles Rams just found a way to lose to the San Fransisco 49ers. You just can't back the Rams and feel confident about it. The Arizona Cardinals are still playing hard and are fresh off a big victory over the Seattle Seahawks. I'm sure the Cardinals have a little revenge on their mind after somehow losing to the Rams earlier in the season. The road team has also won the last four games between the Cardinals and Rams. If forced to pick this game, I'd side with the Arizona Cardinals by a touchdown.

Arizona Cardinals -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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